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College basketball: CIAA announces pairings

Staff report

The CIAA released its basketball tournament seedings on Sunday.

Livingstone’s women’s team received the No. 3 seed for the Southern Division.

Livingstone’s forfeits are now officially “nullifications,” for what it’s worth.

Officially, the Blue Bears’ divisional record is 6-4, with a conference record of 6-10. Nine of those 10 conference losses reflect  nullifications of games Kyra Crosby, who was deemed ineligible, played in.

Livingstone plays a 2:20 game on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena against Northern Division No. 6 seed Bowie State (4-12, 2-8).

If the Blue Bears win that one, they’ll take on Southern Division No. 2 seed Johnson C. Smith at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. J.C. Smith got a first-round bye.

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The CIAA seeds its  tournament based on divisional records but has always used conference records as the next tiebreaker when divisional records are identical and teams split head-to-head.

Not this time.

Livingstone and Winston-Salem State tied for the Southern Division championship and split their games.

Livingstone has the superior conference record, and in past years, would have been a No. 1 seed.

But the CIAA is using points differential this year — you read that correctly, points differential — in the games between the two teams as a tiebreaker before it considers conference record.

Winston-Salem State won 89-80. Livingstone won 86-83. Advantage: Winston-Salem State.

As the No. 2 seed in the Southern Division, Livingstone opens play in a Thursday quarterfinal at 7 p.m. against Northern Division No. 3 seed Lincoln.

Semifinals are Friday and championship games are set for Saturday.

Livingstone will have to win the CIAA tournament to make the Division II playoffs.

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